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brainwash

brain·wash

brainwash

pronunciation:
breIn wash
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: brainwashed, brainwashes, brainwashing
definition 1: to alter a person's ideas or beliefs by forceful means such as physical torture or psychological stress.
definition 2: to alter a person's behavior or desires with systematic techniques of indoctrination.
Television commercials may brainwash children.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the procedure of brainwashing.
definition 2: an instance of brainwashing.
derivation: brainwasher (n.)